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Container Store simplifies operations with Talend

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Container Store has enlisted Talend, a global open source software leader, to simplify, standardize and move data across multiple platforms. With Talend, The Container Store now has cross-platform standardization, improved development times and automated processes that were previously done manually.

“We have found Talend’s solution to be a very intuitive tool that is conceptually appealing, and natively supports all our platforms,” said Viet Le, IS Senior Data Analytics Engineer at The Container Store. “Previously, the siloed nature of our data caused significant problems for our business — the biggest being difficulty in new development. With Talend, we have achieved a much simpler and faster development time. This has freed up our IT resources, since they no longer have to manually maintain our spreadsheets.” 

Talend Enterprise Data Integration provides a set of data integration tools to access, transform and integrate data from any business system in real-time or batch to meet both operational and analytical data integration needs. With more than 450 connectors, it integrates almost any data source. The broad range of use cases addressed include massive scale integration (big data/NoSQL), ETL for business intelligence and data warehousing, data synchronization, data migration, data sharing and data services.

“It’s exciting to work with The Container Store and watch their business processes significantly improve with Talend’s data integration solutions,” said François Méro, Talend’s vice president of global sales. “Using an extensible and high-performing set of data integration tools enables companies like The Container Store to focus on maximizing the value of their data and achieve their overall business objectives.”

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Central Garden & Pet receives Walmart honor

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Central Garden & Pet Co., a marketer and producer of products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets, has been named Walmart’s Outdoor Living Supplier of the Year.

In addition, Central won the People Award for Walmart’s Home Division. Walmart annually recognizes its top suppliers that demonstrate superior customer service.

"Winning not just one but two awards from Walmart is a tremendous honor considering the standard of excellence that Walmart instills in every aspect of its business," said John Ranelli, president and CEO of Central Garden & Pet. "Achievements like these represent a collective, company-wide effort to understand our consumer and work in concert with Walmart as partners to drive meaningful value for the consumer. These are core principles we live every day at Central.

"I thank Walmart and our dedicated employees for this great honor. We will continue to build on our long history of collaboration with Walmart to beautify the outdoors and enrich peoples’ lives," Ranelli added.

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PPG acquires AkzoNobel North American architectural coatings business

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PPG Industries has finalized the acquisition of the North American architectural coatings business of Akzo Nobel N.V., Amsterdam, in a deal valued at $1.05 billion. 

With this acquisition, PPG has expanded its reach in all three major North American distribution channels, including home centers, independent paint dealers and company-owned paint stores. The company’s product offerings are now available in more than 15,000 outlets across the region. 

“We are pleased to have successfully completed this acquisition, the second-largest in our company’s history, as it further extends PPG’s architectural coatings business in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, and continues the accelerated pace of our business portfolio transformation,” said Charles Bunch, PPG chairman and CEO.

“Our already strong portfolio of North American brands, including PPG Paints, PPG Pittsburgh Paints, PPG Porter Paints, Lucite and Olympic Paints and Stains, has been significantly strengthened with the addition of well-known brands such as Glidden, Flood, CIL, Sico and Liquid Nails,” Bunch said. PPG also will license the following brands: Dulux, Devoe architectural coatings, and Sikkens architectural wood products.

Scott Sinetar, VP of PPG architectural coatings, North America, will lead the combined architectural coatings business. Sinetar will report to Michael McGarry, executive VP. 

Sinetar was named to his current position in 2006. Previously, he served as manager, national accounts; national sales manager; director of sales; and general manager, architectural coatings. Earlier in his career, he held various positions with Olympic Paints and Stains. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Monmouth University and completed executive education at Carnegie Mellon University. 

“Scott’s extensive background in architectural coatings will serve him well in this expanded role, having joined PPG in 1989 from the original Olympic Paints and Stains acquisition,” McGarry said. “Since then, he has served in many roles of increasing responsibility in the architectural coatings business.”

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